The importance of inter-agency co-operation, including information sharing and communication, has been highlighted in all reports concerning child deaths or serious injuries, not least by the Victoria Climbiè inquiry.
Multi-agency training is one way to ensure that a culture of inter-agency cooperation is developed and supported. Research from Carpenter et al (2009) has shown that multi-agency training in particular is useful and valued by professionals in developing a shared understanding of child protection and decision making.
Strategic Workforce Development Subgroup
One of the functions for the Salford Safeguarding Children Partnership (SSCP) is to develop a policy and procedure in relation to training of persons who work with children or in services affecting the safety and welfare of children. (Working Together to Safeguard Children: 2018)
The vision of the SSCP's Strategic Workforce Development Subgroup is to provide high quality, inter-agency, safeguarding children training to the Salford workforce. This will ensure that practitioners and volunteers are confident in their roles and skilled in working with children and families.
The Learning and Development Strategy (DOWNLOADABLE DOC) outlines the SSCP's strategic vision and priorities around workforce development needs standards for training in Salford.
More information about the subgroup can be found in the Terms of Reference.(DOWNLOADABLE DOC)
The SSCP Training Programme is delivered by members of the SSCP training pool. Pool members are practitioners who work in Salford and are released by their agency to deliver training. They are from a wide range of partner agencies which helps to ensure that training meets the needs of a multi-agency audience.
For most workers who have frequent contact with children, young people and families', it is essential that the two day Foundation course is attended before other courses are considered.
For workers who have infrequent contact with children, young people and families the half day Basic Awareness course is sufficient. Please look at the prerequisites for each course.
What happens on the courses?
Courses are interactive and may include, presentations, group work, case studies, directed role play, group sculpts, drama, quizzes and games.
Each course is evaluated by participants on the day. Some are evaluated for longer term results by the use of action plans which the participants write and then assess three months later.
Managers will be informed if participants fail to attend or do not complete courses.
Applying to attend a course, seminar or training event
All SSCP courses and seminars are FREE of charge. However The Safeguarding Partnership is now charging agencies for staff who fail to attend if we are not informed of cancellation at least 5 working days before a training event. This includes participants who arrive late and are not admitted by the trainers as they have missed a section of the event or participants who on the day inform the trainers they need to leave early. The following charges would apply:
- Seminar £20
- Half day course £20
- One day course £40
- Two day course £80
Alternatively you can telephone the SSCP Training Team on 0161 603 4310.
If a course is over subscribed, when the closing date for nominations arrives places are offered both to ensure a multi-agency mix and by priority as listed below. Highest priority first.
- Permanent employees from partner agencies who come into contact with Salford children, including volunteers and private sectors within Salford
- Agency workers from partner agencies within Salford.
- Students employed by partner agencies
- Any other student, ie on placement/attachment but not employed by partner agencies.
Prospective participants will be informed three weeks before the course if they have a place.
Course members are expected to attend for the whole of the course. Multi-agency training is not only about what the worker can learn but how he / she can contribute his / her knowledge, skills and expertise to the courses. It is therefore a loss to everyone if people are not available for the full course. Please read the Training Charter before making a course booking.
Line Managers and Service Managers will be informed if participants fail to attend, do not complete a course or cancel.
We welcome comments about the training programme or individual courses. Please contact the Training Team on 0161 603 4310 if you have any comments or email SSCP Training.
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